Ongoing classes in Yoga and Tai Chi (January through April 2017)  

Tai Chi, Martial Arts, & Self Defense

Chen Style Tai Chi with Joe Walters • Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. • Classes cover Chen style tai chi chuan basic principles. This is a unique movement art that emphasizes inner stillness and relaxation developed through disciplined whole body integration and refined awareness. It focuses on balance, relaxation, and whole body unity. $85/month. Call 761-8786; annarbortaichi@gmail.com or annarbortaichi.com.

Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced with Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin' Dragon School of Tai Chi • Ongoing classes • Tai Chi classes are for individuals of any age and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. Tai Chi is a peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercise, well-suited for calming and centering. Free/low fee. Call Karla at 325-4244; karla@goodenerchistudio.com or goodenerchistudio.com/classes.

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan with Sifu Genie Parker • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays • Wu style tai chi is a soft style martial art emphasizing balance and relaxation. All are welcome to learn this ancient art of meditation in motion. $45/month for one class/week; $70 for two classes/week. First class free. Call 248-229-1060; wustyleannarbor@gmail.com or wustyle-annarbor.com.

SUN SHEN Basic Tai-Chi Form with Ann-Margaret Giovino, Jan Katz, and Alexis Neuhaus • Mondays, 6-7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., 7-8 p.m. • Participants will learn to build a solid foundation in tai-chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 forms. Learn the sequence and details of the form as you experience the calm, effortless power which comes from relaxed focus. $17 drop-in; $55/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Morning Tai-Chi with Master Sang Kim • Mondays-Fridays, 7-8:30 a.m. • Participants will learn how tai-chi enables them to cultivate happiness, power, and potential, and get to know a part of themselves that was hidden and that they have been looking for all their lives. $225/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands with Sifu Joseph Wang • Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Pushing hands is an interactive tai-chi training, which helps participants experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way. Participants find freedom and power within themselves and interact with others without compromising the self. $21 drop-in; $70/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Chen Taiji Study Group with Joel Robbins • Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. • Open to all levels, this class addresses body mechanics, energy flow, and martial techniques in a focused, small group setting. $100 monthly. Call 205-7348.
  
Beginning Tai Chi with Peaceful Dragon • Mondays, 10-11:15 a.m.; Tuesdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:15-8:30 p.m. • Tai Chi is a Chinese internal martial art consisting of a series of postures linked together in a continuous and fluid form. As a moving meditation, it promotes balance, coordination, concentration, and relaxation. Beginners can attend any or all classes for the same tuition. $185. Call 741-0695; info@peacefuldragonschool.com or peacefuldragonschool.com. 

Tai Chi with Michigan Tai Chi Association • Ongoing Classes • Tai Chi is a great overall exercise that can be practiced by people of all ages and health conditions. Tai Chi is a meditation form of exercise that promotes balance and flexibility, and it has been found to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. $50/month unlimited, $40/month for seniors. Call Sally at 591-3530; michtaichi@aol.com or taotaichi.org.
 
Martial Arts Classes with Huron Valley Aikikai • Monday-Saturday mornings and evenings • Huron Valley Aikikai is a community of martial arts practitioners with the goal of providing an authentic, supportive, and high-quality environment for the study of Aikido. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children's Aikido. For complete information, call 761-6012; hv-aikido.com.
 
Martial Arts Advantage • Morning and evening classes daily • An extensive collection of fitness and martial arts courses, Martial Arts Advantage offers classes for young children to adults in their 60s and older. Classes include yoga, pilates, cardio kickboxing, boot camp, and specialized martial arts training. First class is free. Memberships available. Call 996-9699; themartialartsadvantage.com.
 
Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America • Evening classes offered four days per week • Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo, a way of study including both physical and mental training. The word Aikido can be loosely translated as "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy." Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. We study moving in harmony with others to eventually strike harmony with nature. Children's classes offered also. Call 662-4686; aikidoyoshokai.org.
 
Classes with Asian Martial Arts Studio • Ongoing classes • Martial arts classes include Aikido, Kung Fun, Karate, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, and Lion Dance with the goals of developing a truthful knowledge of the fundamental elements of our martial arts traditions and their roots in Asian culture. Children's classes also offered. Call 994-3620; a2amas.com.
 
Tai Chi Classes with Richard Miller of Ann Arbor Tai Chi • Ongoing classes • Classes include Chen style tai chi chuan basic principles, a unique movement art that emphasizes inner stillness and relaxation developed through disciplined whole body integration and refined awareness, with an emphasis on balance relaxation, and whole body unity. $85/month. Call 973-0226; ribrumi@sbcglobal.net or annarbortaichi.com.
 
B.C. Yu Martial Arts Center • Ongoing classes • Forty classes per week include Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsue, Modern Arnis, Mixed Martial Arts, and Fitness Kick Boxing. Children's program teaches life skills. Call 994-9595; questions@bcyu.com or bcyu.com.

Wu Style Tai Chi at Jewel Heart • Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. • Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this "soft style" martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5. Call 994-3387; programs@jewelheart.org or jewelheart.org.


Yoga

Yin Yoga with Vicki Paglione • Tuesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21 and Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 6-7 p.m. • This seated practice involves holding poses for longer periods of time to work ligaments, joints, deep fascial tissue, and even bones. Students can set their intention to benefit physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. $70/six-week session. Call (248) 777-0081; mygratefulyoga@gmail.com or mygratefulyoga.com.

Purna Yoga with Raisha Love • Mondays, 8:15-9:15 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. • The Purna tradition offers safety in a non-competitive setting where students can practice and progress toward healthier lives with more purpose and direction. Prices vary. Call (989) 284-1042, askraisha@yahoo.com or purnayogaannarbor.com.

Warm Up Yoga—Light an Inner Fire with Sally Rutzky • Jan. 7, 9:30-11 a.m. • This class will be held to collect donations for the local charity Food Gatherers. It is the perfect way to warm up for winter classes. Suggested donation $20. Call Sue at 622-9600; sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com or yogaspaceannarbor.com.

Gentle Yoga with Robin Lily Goldberg • Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. • Gentle yoga enables everyone to experience the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of yoga by blending influences from hatha, yin, and restorative yoga. It includes poses modified for individual needs, as well as stretches and breathing exercises to incorporate balance and mindfulness into daily life. All levels of experience welcome. $18-$20. Call Robin at 274-9482; robin@aurily.com or aurily.com.

Slow-Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston • Starting in March on Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. • These classes lead a slow, mindful yoga flow with breath, movement, and sacred music. New students are welcome and everyone is encouraged to find their own pace. Classes are small and take place in a unique round yurt studio heated by a woodstove on five beautiful acres. $15 drop-in; $6-12/class with eight-week pass. Call 645-3217; ellen@ellenlivingston.com or ellenlivingston.com.

Free Yoga at the Yoga Space with Sue Salaniuk • Last Fridays, 6-7 p.m. • This class is open to anyone interested in learning how to develop stamina, strength, flexibility, and focus. No experience or preregistration necessary. Free. Call 622-9600; sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com or yogaspaceannarbor.com. 

Yoga Classes at The Yoga Space with Sue Salaniuk, Sally Rutzky, Alicia Rowe, Pam Lindberg • Daytime, 
Evening, and Saturday classes, Jan. 9-Apr. 29
• Iyengar yoga can increase focus, reduce stress, balance strength, flexibility, and stamina. Classes for beginners, intermediate, and more advanced students with individualized instructions in all classes. $105/seven-week session. Call Sue at 622-9600; sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com or yogaspaceannarbor.com.

Iyengar Yoga with David Rosenberg • Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10-11:30 a.m. • Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of B. K. S. Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, reduce stress, and release tension through physical activity and meditation. The instructor emphasizes use of yoga props and individualized instruction so students of varying experience, age, flexibility, and strength can participate together. $119/10 classes. Call 646-4195; massage4@aol.com or aareced.com.

Yoga Essentials with Michele Bond • Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • For those new to yoga or new to this system, this course teaches universal principles of alignment that are an invaluable aid to learning the postures, deepening understanding of the body, and developing a yoga practice that is safe, joyful, therapeutic, and fun. $14 if registered; $18 drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Rise and Shine at Nine with Michele Bond • Thursdays, 9-10:15 a.m. • Enjoy a mixed level practice to start the day in the most auspicious way. $14 if registered; $18 drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Yoga for Athletes with Michele Bond • Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • This class caters to anyone looking for an energetic practice who enjoys increasing core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, and mental focus. Includes universal alignment principles to open the door for peak performance in sports and other areas of life. $14 if registered; $18 drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Open Level Yoga with Michele Bond • Sundays, 7:30-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. • Each student is encouraged to honor their unique abilities and limitations in this mixed-level class, with variations offered for all levels. This method blends the science of biomechanics with an openhearted, uplifting philosophy. $14 if registered; $18 drop-in with instructor permission. Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Yoga Happy Hour: Basics Plus Restorative with Michele Bond • Fridays, 6-7 p.m. • Learn basic alignment, simple postures and breath, along with delicious restoratives. Feel stress melt away during candlelight practice in a peaceful setting surrounded by the inspiration of nature. $11 if registered; $13 drop-in with a reservation. Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Inward Bound Yoga at Friends Meetinghouse • Ongoing classes; Winter and Late Winter Sessions, Jan. 3-Apr. 29 • Since 1995, Inward Bound has offered a variety of approaches to the ancient discipline of yoga. Class options include several levels of hatha yoga, prenatal and postnatal yoga, ashtanga yoga, and flow classes coordinated with music. The heated floor is wonderful in winter! For class descriptions and fees, see ibyoga.com.

Restorative Yoga with Kashi Walters • Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. • Yoga to soothe and refresh at Kashi Nivas. See website for more details. $12. Call 883-6947; kashi@kashinivas.org or kashinivas.org.

Open Level Yoga with Ema Stefanova • Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. • These classes include posture sequences for strength and flexibility plus breathing and meditation techniques. New and continuing students are welcome. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

Classical Yoga Therapy Group and Private Consultations with Ema Stefanova • Ongoing • Consultations for adults and children are by appointment. Specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress management and yoga meditation programs for common diseases. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

Yoga Nidra Certification Course with Ema Stefanova • Jan. 14-15, Feb. 4-5 • Two hours of yoga nidra equals eight hours of sleep. Students will experience its therapeutic benefits and learn how to teach it effectively. No previous experience necessary. $1,450 ($1,250 early bird by 12/21). Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Ema Stefanova • Flexible dates from Jan. 7-Apr. 9 • This unique teacher training includes working on oneself, understanding techniques, methodology, philosophy, ethics, and more. $3,195 ($2,900 early bird). Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Ema Stefanova • Flexible dates from Jan. 7-Apr. 9 • This course is for yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour training and would like to advance in their yoga and meditation education and experience. Starting at $3,900. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

Yoga with Zen Buddhist Temple • Six Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 10, Mar. 7, or Apr. 18; 6:30-8 p.m. • Beginning and experienced students learn traditional hatha yoga postures with an emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and working with breath. Instructors were trained by the Sivananda yoga organization and combine that experience with meditation training. Early registration recommended. $60 ($12 drop-in). Call 761-6520; annarbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org or ZenBuddhistTemple.org. 

Yoga with Cats with Humane Society of Huron Valley and Tiny Lions Cat Café • Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Mondays, 6-7 p.m. • Practice hatha-style yoga with the furry feline masters at the new cat café. This class is designed to bring peace to the mind and body while filling hearts with joy and supporting animals in the community. Open to ages 16+. $10. Call 661-3575; humaneed@hshv.org or hshv.org/yogawithcats.

Intensely Gentle Yoga with Patty Hart • Ongoing classes • These classes are for those seeking a slower-paced class, those who are new to yoga, or those needing more adaptation for postures using props. Students are encouraged to develop a deeper sense of self-observation and concentration by focusing on their breathing while moving into, sustaining, and exiting poses. Call 645-7251; patty@everybodyhappy.net or everybodyhappy.net.

Yoga Classes with Christy DeBurton • Ongoing Classes • This is a small, supportive, non-competitive, friendly yoga studio teaching various yoga styles that focuses on individual attention to challenge you in a balanced, rejuvenating way. See website for rates. Call 761-8409; info@christydeburton.com or yogaroomannarbor.com.

Iyengar Yoga with Yoga Focus • Day, Evening, and Weekend classes • All levels of classes are taught including gentle, new beginner, and prenatal. All props are provided. Instruction in Iyengar method is invigorating, safe, and enhances well being. $18 drop-in; $15 class for session. Call Karen at 668-7730; info@yogafocusannarbor.com or yogafocusannarbor.com.

Iyengar Yoga with Laurie Blakeney • Ongoing classes • Iyengar classes are safe, challenging, and transformative. Prices vary. Call 663-7612; info@annarorschoolofyoga.com or annarborschoolofyoga.com.

Weekly Iyengar Yoga with Erica Dutton • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.• Iyengar Yoga for all levels, no experience necessary. Gentle enough for those with back and other body issues. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose clothing. Preceded by optional meditation from 10:30-11 a.m. Donations welcome. Call 477-5848 or deepspring.org.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • These classes are designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body's abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga is practiced with babies present. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at marlenemamayoga@yahoo.com or Marlenemcgrathyoga.com.

Gentle Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • Expanded offerings of gentle yoga classes designed for students who want a more supported and slower-paced class. These classes feature props and modifications to promote elasticity, strength, and stability for those who may have mobility, stamina, or balance issues. Suitable for beginners or experienced students. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at marlenemamayoga@yahoo.com or Marlenemcgrathyoga.com.

Harmony Yoga of Ann Arbor: Iyengar Yoga Classes with Karen Husby-Coupland • Ongoing classes • Small yoga studio on Ann Arbor's west side offers classes for beginners and for more experienced yoga students, as well as gentle yoga for those who prefer a supported, slower-paced approach to the practice of yoga. $18 class (discounts for multiple classes). Call 222-9088; Karen@HarmonyYogaAnnArbor.com or HarmonyYogaAnnArbor.com.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Billie Wahlen • Tuesdays, Jan. 3-Apr. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. and Fridays, Jan. 6-Apr. 28, 9:30-11 a.m. • Experience the state of inner silence using the technology of yoga through the breath, sound, movement, and concentration. These powerful teachings as taught by Yogi Bhajan can bring people into a state of profound awareness and healing. $15. Call Billie for location and registration at 276-6520; starbillie@gmail.com or a2kundaliniyoga.com.